- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781419698033
- ISBN-13: 978-1419698033
- ASIN: 1419698036
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Travesty in Haiti: A true account of Christian missions, orphanages, fraud, food aid and drug trafficking Paperback – July 5, 2008
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About the Author
Timothy T Schwartz earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida and then went to live and work in Haiti for six years. His research included 15 months living with impoverished Haitians in the thatch-roofed huts of a remote fishing hamlet and three years residing in agricultural settlements and villages. He worked as a consultant for international aid agencies, including the German foreign ministry (GTZ), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), French ID (Initiative Developpment), and CARE International, the world’s largest international charity. Since leaving Haiti he has been living in the neighboring Dominican Republic where he works as an international consultant specializing in Haitian-Dominican relations and coordinates social impact assessments for private companies. His studies have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Curtis Wilgus Foundation and the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Recent publications include the Haiti entry for an encyclopedia of world cultures, Countries and Their Cultures (Macmillan Reference USA: Yale University), an article in the refereed Journal for Research in Economic Anthropology entitled Pronatalism and the Economic Utility of Children in Jean Rabel, Haiti, and an article published in the Caribbean’s oldest and most prestigious journal, New West Indian Guide, entitled Subsistence Songs: Haitian 'téat' performances, gendered capital and livelihood strategies in Jean Makout, Haiti.
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It makes me sick when I go to Haiti now to see young men and women standing idle on street corners waiting for handouts. What happened to our pride and dignity as a people? I started to question the motives behind all the "charities" that have sprouted all over the country. They have now become an "NGO Industry" Haiti is doomed. How do we stop the bleeding? What I like about this book is the honesty of the author. He didn't make excuses, he was open about his involvement, his naivete and his personal motive.I admire his integrity for standing up for his principles. He could have indeed become a wealthy "gran blan" in Haiti, it was there for the taking, but in the end he had a conscience. Mesi anpil Timote...
Schwatz has gone where none other has gone before. He has walked in the shoes of the Haitian peasant and seen the demons of poverty through his eyes. The tragedy (or travesty to use Schwartz' title) is that those very agencies that pretend to work to mitigate, even irradicate poverty are the very agents who corrupt the people around them and further entrench the prime causes of chronic empovrishment.
Bravo, Tim Schwartz. You have stoked my guilt to a fever pitch.
Harlan Hobgood, former USAID Mission Director in Haiti
It seems so many books written about Haiti reek of personal agenda. Travesty in Haiti is a definite exception. I will certainly recommend this book to others!!! Well done!!!!
Read like a true-crime book and I guess that's what it really is, except there are so many criminals, you can't pinpoint who's the worst. I couldn't put it down.